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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp Apple Crisp, or Apple Crumble as it’s known in the UK , is an ever-popular recipe due to its ease of preparation for both adults and children.  Traditionally, the soft butter would be worked into the flour using fingertips, but many prefer the speed of the food processor for making dough.  Some processors come with a special dough blade, and the new KitchenAid food processor has an adjustable blade for slicing that works well for the apples, producing a six millimetre thick slice.

The topping is quite sweet, so tart apples will provide a contrast, but a mix of different kinds of apples works well too.  If using sweet apples, a little lemon juice can be sprinkled over.  Other spices will work also, including nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom.

This recipe makes a good teaching tool for children without the use of the food processor.  Working the dough by hand and peeling, coring, and slicing the apples is a good family activity, around the kitchen table.  Apple Crisp is quicker and easier to make than a pie, and a successful outcome is assured!

4-6 cups sliced apples (5 medium)

¼ cup sugar, white or brown

¼ cup flour

½ tsp cinnamon

pinch cloves, optional

½ cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup butter, softened

½ cup Demerara sugar, packed

¾ cup rolled oats

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup sliced almonds

1 tbls sesame seeds, optional

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Wash, peel, core, and slice the apples; toss with sugar, flour, and spice, then spread in a shallow baking dish, usually an 8”x8” but a pie dish will work. 

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Combine soft butter, flour, and sugar by hand or in a food processor, then stir in the oats and fold in the nuts with the flat of a knife.  Crumble the topping evenly over the apples and sprinkle the optional sesame seeds over.

Bake in a 350° F oven, being careful not to burn the nuts, for about 30 minutes or until the topping is nicely browned.  Allow to cool slightly before serving.  May be served with ice cream, vanilla yoghurt, sour cream, or whipping cream, but is delicious on its own!

The nutritional value of oats has made them a popular breakfast item and baking ingredient, but more recently almonds, especially when not blanched, have been popular for their nutrition, and sesame seeds are known for their beneficial oils.

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